October is the month that we traditionally dedicate to the Holy Rosary. I can never get enough of this beautiful prayer! It was lovely to pray in Tagalog last August (Link) and now it will be lovely to start praying in . . . Portuguese!
But first, how did September go?
As usual, I have mixed results for September’s Prayer by Prayer assignment (Link). For Latin, I very easily learned the first half of Veni, Sancte Spiritus . . . but I don’t know anything after “Oremus.” Similarly, I can start the first prayer of the Angel in Portuguese . . . but I still finish saying some of the words in English. German has the worst result of all. After one attempt to pray the Angelus auf deutsch, I neglected it for the rest of the month.
The first Prayer by Prayer project (Link) was a real success, but I haven’t been able to replicate it since then. I think I know why.
My language learning is normally very spontaneous. I learn what I want to learn at the moment and don’t set goals. The Prayer by Prayer projects have been exceptions. On the one hand, I like them because I like seeing how one month is better than last month. (These days I’m very happy that I know the St. Michael Prayer in Latin so well that other people praying aloud in English don’t distract me!) On the other hand, this is something I can do with songs. I don’t really like learning prayers as an assignment. I want to learn them because I love them and truly want to say them in another language. From this point on, Prayer by Prayer will reflect that: I will memorize only what I truly want to memorize.
And what do I truly want to memorize this month, the month of the Holy Rosary?
Portuguese: Avé Maria
Learning the Fatima prayers in Portuguese has made me want to learn other Marian prayers in Portuguese. If I start learning the rosary now, my “Pilgrim Portuguse” will be good enough for next year. The first step for me, as always, is with the Hail Mary. So far, I can pray it very naturally in Latin, Tagalog, Latin, French, German, and Italian. And now I really want to add Portuguese to that list.
Avé Maria, cheia de graça, o Senhor é convosco.
Bendita sois Vós entre as mulheres; e bendito é o fruto do Vosso ventre, Jesus.
Santa Maria, mãe de Deus, rogai por nós, pecadores,
agora e na hora da nossa morte. Amém.
As always with Portuguese, pronunciation will be a challenge. The only videos in which the Avé Maria sounds clear enough for me are for the whole rosary. (Link) That’s fine. I can play them in the background.
I already like to say the Memorare after the rosary, so saying it in Latin is the logical next step. The name has always been in Latin — even in the Anhang (Appendix) of my German Meßbuch (Missal)!
Memorare, o piissima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a sæculo, quemquam ad tua currentem præsidia, tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia esse derelictum.
Ego tali animatus confidentia ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro; ad te venio; coram te gemens peccator assisto. Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere, sed audi propitia et exaudi. Amen.
Maybe someday I’l want to learn it in another language as well, but that’s not a priority.
In short, October’s modest Prayer by Prayer goal is: the Portuguese Avé Maria and the Latin Memorare. I’ll definitely have better results to report next month!